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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:41 PM   #1
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Best equipment for playback editing???

Could someone please help me with this simple question. I want to edit my old films that have been recorded in the past, but don't know what would be the best set up for the money. I've heard that you can use another mini dv camera to use as a playback, but what should I do when I want to edit the tape? Can I hook the playback camera to the PC and then use the software that I have on the computer to edit the film? I know that there are other options out there, but it's pretty costly and I don't want to spend an arm and a leg to have the capabilities to edit films. If anyone has any suggestions on the best possible way to save money and be able to edit films please help. Also, if any of you experts have a system that works for you please let me know your setup like the playback camera and so forth. Take care and happy holidays! GOD BLESS!

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Old December 26th, 2005, 10:00 PM   #2
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Hi David,

The first thing to do is to determine what format your footage is on. Usually it'll say on the camera whether it shoots miniDV or digital8 or hi8 or DVD or microMV or some other format. miniDV is the most common and is the easiest to edit.

2- To edit the footage, you will need:
A- a computer. Almost anything <4 years old will work.
B- a firewire card, $25 or less. (Not sure how much it costs if you're in the military.),, may be some sites to try. Some people recommend looks for an "OHCI compliant" firewire/IEEE1394 card.

A few but not all computers already have firewire.

C- The 6pin to 4-pin firewire cable, commonly bundled with B.
D- Video editing software. If you have the latest version of windows, windows movie maker is free.
There are also a bunch of options for under $150.
If you have a Mac, get iMovie. It is the easiest video editing program to use and a wonderful program, better than stuff on the PC side. If you don't have a computer, get a cheap Mac (i.e. mac Mini, or a used or refurbished Mac). The machines are easy to use and let you get on with your life.
E- Hard drive space. DV = 13GB/hour. I think most editing applications will tell you have many hours you can capture.

The wonderful thing about firewire is that it's cheap and it lets you capture video to your computer and edit it. You simply:
install the firewire card (fairly easy, read the manual), when the computer is off.

plug in the cable at both ends.

Turn on the camera into VCR mode (not camera mode).

boot up your computer and open/install editing software.

Start capturing from your camera.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 07:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Glenn! Happy New year!
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